Helen Sheehan Book Prize
Congratulations to the 2018 Winner
Lucia DiStefano
Her novel, Borrowed will be published in Fall 2018.

Judges Praise for Borrowed:

Borrowed is unlike anything I've seen in recent YA literature—it's a compelling, unpredictable thriller with a unique premise and delicious prose. DiStefano will be one to watch.” —Jennie Kendrick, Forever Young Adult

“A very twisted and absorbing plot leads to an exciting and satisfying ending in this literate, well-told, and original YA novel.”— Mark E. Pumphrey, Acting Director of the El Paso Public Library System

“Very unique and genre-bending concept, Borrowed will stand alone in the marketplace.” — Suzy Takac, The Book Cellar Bookstore

2018 Runners-Up: Lizzie Cooke for The Word We Don't Say, and Randi Hacker for A Death (in Three Tenses) 

2018 Finalists:  Maggie Auffarth, Patricia Cumbie, Helen Landalf, Heather Harwood, Lindsay Bandy, Deanna Cabinian and Shari Becker.

Thanks to the over 100 writers that submitted to the 2018 contest.

Elephant Rock launched our YA imprint in 2014. We acquire YA manuscripts through our Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize. So who was Helen Sheehan and how come I can’t find her online? Helen Sheehan was a modest woman. She attended Normal school in Tiverton, Rhode Island in the 1920s, and taught elementary school for many years, eventually becoming a principal. She was also our publisher’s revered great aunt Hiya. The prize honors her love of education and young people.

We award the book prize every other year to the strongest full-length YA novel received. We designed that snazzy seal ourselves. A panel of three judges reads and reviews the top manuscripts, and selects the winner. The contest winner receives $1,000 and publication with Elephant Rock Books. Then our internal team edits and designs a lovely piece of literary art. Thanks to thousands of readers, we’ve had great success. We do not read YA manuscripts outside of our contest. Submissions for 2020 contest open June 2019. Start writing.

Past winners:

2014: The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

2016: The Art of Holding on and Letting Go by Kristin Bartley Lenz

Judge Hall of Fame:

Emil Ostrovski, Louise Brueggmann, Becky Quiroga Curtis, Kelly Jensen, Anne Rouyer and Meghan Dietsche Goel